Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Spirits

I've been dreaming about my dad a lot lately.  They aren't nightmares and aren't anything horribly emotional.  He's just there, smiling.  I miss him a lot and yesterday was strange without him watching football and hollering with the guys.  As I looked around the table after dinner, it struck me how much older we look.  I don't know if it is all the things this year has put on us or if I just finally took a moment to really, really look at my family.  My youngest niece is almost taller than me, the nephews have abandoned their video games for girlfriends, and my sisters and I have similar twinkle wrinkles.  It made me wonder how long we'll all have to be together and it made me grateful for the time we have.  I think my dad was with us, or his spirit was.  (maybe that's what got my husband so excited about the game???)  At any rate, I'm thankful for the time.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

It Lives!!

Haiku Horror Stories is now available on Kindle and as a real book!  I'm really proud of this book and hope people enjoy it.  I've been smiling and basically floating on a cloud since this little runt went live.

Self-publishing, for me, was hard at first.  I'd never worked with Gimp (I'm a novice user of PhotoShop) and I really struggled through the ins and outs of the cover.  (pixelation is my enemy)  In the end, I'm happy, but wish I could have the title and my name on the spine of the book.  But, now I know in order for that to happen, I should have over 130 pages.  Gives me something to work for.

NaNo isn't going as well as I'd hoped, but I'm writing strictly as my evil, evil vampire, Roman, and I'm seeing his motives much clearer.  He's almost sympathetic.  Almost.

One final thing before I get back to homework and NaNo.

I want to say thank you to all of our veterans.  (especially my big brother!)  As I get older, I understand the sacrifices you and your families make in defending our freedom.  Thank you!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

What Happens When the Sugar Wears Off...

Halloween is done and gone and while I feel satisfied, I'm sad.  Christmas has taken more square footage at the stores and my neighborhood looks so plain now.  I even took down the Halloween decorations at work.  The hubby and I are already making plans for next year, so that helps lessen the blues.  There is just something magical about opening your doors to share treats with total strangers and letting yourself be whatever you imagine for just one night.  I wish we could capture this spirit and sprinkle it throughout the year.

The second proof of my book had a wonky cover so now I'm eagerly waiting for proof three.  I could do this again and again...but hope I don't have to.

No More Heroes is finally available!  I can't wait to see what the world thinks of that project--it was truly a labor of love.

Well, I'm off to snack on leftover candy and work on my NaNo project.  It feels great to be with my bad, bad vampires again.